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Kung Fu: The Complete First Season


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  • Actors: David Carradine, Ed Nelson, Fred Beir, Barbara Stuart, Sheree North
  • Directors: Allen Reisner, Charles S. Dubin, Jerry Thorpe, John Badham, Richard Lang
  • Writers: A. Martin Zweiback
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Color, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: March 16 2004
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00013F38K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,994 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Greg TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 25 2004
Format: DVD
Ok, what you've got here is a beautiful package with three double-sided disks which hold the two-hour (two-part) series pilot, plus fifteen individual episodes--the entire Kung Fu first season. My only complaint is that the top and bottom of the screen are cut out, to make it "wide screen". Crazy. It does make the product look slyer, but by taking away from the show. However, so little is lost, and you soon forget that anything is missing. This is such a classic series, who cares? Kung Fu on DVD! I would list the episodes, but below Corgweyn has done this nicely.

For those of you unfamiliar with the show, allow me to give you a brief but honest rundown: a "western" of sorts, Kung-Fu deals with a Shaolin Priest (Cain) who is outlawed after killing the assassin who killed his old blind master Po (as well as the emperor's nephew, who was responsible.) Being half Chinese, half American, he escapes to the "old west" of America. There he embarks on a series of adventures dealing with racist cowboys, bloodthirsty bounty hunters and Chinese assassins sent to kill or return him (he is worth $10,000 alive and $5,000 dead.) This is a classic and unique series, dealing far more with humanity, Chinese philosophy and wisdom than fighting. Its cult value is hot, and its incredible acting and stories are memorable and striking. A show for those who like something different, where truth and gentleness can win out over lies and crudeness. He is one with nature. Yet he always maintains, "I am just a man."

Highly recommended for all audiences!
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By Kevin on Jan. 7 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What can I say. Kung Fu was my favourite TV series when growing up. Now I can watch it repeatedly, for each time I learn some new wisdom hidden in the nuances of the show!
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By MaryAnn Oldham on Jan. 9 2013
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I purchased this for my husband for Christmas, he was delighted and surprised that I was able to get the whole first season including the premiere
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John on July 7 2004
Format: DVD
... for the foundation that introduced the western world to the martial arts in a massive sweep in the early seventies. It literally set a preperation and an interest that sparked Bruce Lee's work into a phenomenon. The strong value that this series holds is in it's approach of portraying the teachings of the martial arts in a very moral and almost biblical way. The ideals presented within are, and were very much so in the seventies, an inspiration for strengthening and understanding one's own character and for modeling traits that could skillfully resolve conflict in a very real and usable way within oneself. David Carradine followed by Bruce Lee, in a remarkable wake of perfect timing, created an era by being such powerful role models. Role models to the like that no one had ever seen.
David Carradine's portrayal of Kwai Chang Caine was the first inactment of any martial art that most people in the states had ever seen and, to this day, that portrayal remains among the most inspirational for it's embodiment of Eastern ideals.
As for this first season set of DVDs, I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to learn anything about the drive behind learning a martial art, to fans of the series and to anyone wanting to instill humility and moral direction within themselves or their children. Kids may not want to give it a chance, things are a little different today than they were in the seventies.
I have no problem with the widescreen aspect ratio. The framing is very palatable to me and in no way is an excuse to miss out on the content of the show or to miss out on reliving some early inspirations that came out of the series. The quality of the picture and sound is top notch.
A truly inspirational series for any day and age
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Hornaday on Jan. 8 2004
Format: DVD
The TV series Kung Fu, starring David Carradine, Keye Luke and Philip Ahn, became an American popular cultural phenomenon in the 70s and richly deserves a full DVD release. It remains as unique today as it did three decades ago, and potentially as powerful.
In the 70s, America was still embroiled in the Vietnam War when Carradine, who played Kwai Chang Caine, walked barefoot into the homes of viewers portraying a Chinese priest of the Shaolin Order who was also a Kung Fu martial arts expert.
Through Caine, complex themes of religion, spirituality, philosophy, violence, peace, racism, morality, greed, human dignity and cruelty were examined each week in the guise of an off-beat Western set in the 1800s.
Caine, who was part American, was forced to flee his homeland after his mentor, Master Po, portrayed brilliantly by Luke, was murdered by a royal guardman, who in turn was killed by Caine. The royal family issued an edict to capture Caine --- dead or alive.
Caine came to America in search of his half-brother, walking from town to town following leads as to his sibling's whereabouts.
While the story seems simple enough, it afforded the show's writers ample opportunities to explore the aforementioned themes by depicting Caine's interaction with those who lived in America's Old West, illustrating through the use of extensive flash-backs, the teachings of his Shaolin masters and his Chinese martial arts training. It also provided plenty of excitement and action through Carradine's use of Kung Fu in America, which he frequently employed to protect the less fortunate or otherwise vulnerable victim.
Caine's cultural views and religious training that stressed peaceful coexistance with his fellow man, equality and non-materialism, put him at odds with most of those he encountered.
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